Women's Wares (1927)

Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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This drama starring Evelyn Brent is a barometer of the moral tone of the late '20s. Sales clerk Dolly Morton (Brent) gets a big resentment against all men when she is betrayed by her boyfriend, Jimmy Haynes (Larry Kent). She gets even with the male gender by becoming a callous gold digger, milking her escorts for all she can get and then coldly dumping them without ever putting out. In 1920s terms, this means that Dolly is really a good girl at heart, since she never actually sleeps with any of her men. Her biggest score is a lavish apartment, given to her by a married man (Bert Lytell) when she threatens to snitch on him to his wife (Myrtle Steadman). Wealthy Frank Stanton (Richard Tucker) is just meant to be another one of her victims, but Dolly falls in love with him. Stanton, however, sees her expensive lifestyle and assumes the worst (that she did put out). He's wrong, but by the time he discovers that Dolly is as pure as the driven snow (in body if not intention), she has returned to Haynes.